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The Midwest Chapter of AESP works to promote the professional advancement of persons employed in, residing in or associated with energy services programs in the Midwest. Our membership meets quarterly to hear educational presentations related to the industry, network with peers, and stay in touch with what is happening at the AESP national level. The Chapter also distributes a quarterly newsletter with informative articles about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other topics vital to our membership.

Chapter Leadership

Rachel Holmes, ARCA Recycling

Vice President
Carl Samuelson, MichaelsEnergy

Kelly Lady, Austin Utilities

Paul Twite, Delano Municipal Utilities

Joel Haskard, Clean Energy Resource Teams
Jared Hendricks, Owatonna Public Utilities
Dru Larson, Rochester Public Utilities
Anthony Fryer, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Paul Bertucci, Franklin Energy Services

Geographic Area Served

Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and South Dakota

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  • To sign up to receive chapter news and communications, please contact Rachel Holmes at
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  • For past editions of newsletters, please see below.

Upcoming Events

Coming Soon

Past Events, News and Pictures

December 13
At the MN Municipal Utility Association's (MMUA) in Plymouth, MN 
Our presenters include Brian Ross from the Great Plains Institute talking about the DOE Solar Pathway's initiative to meet MN's goal of 10% solar by 2030 given grid and resource mix constraints, and Carl Samuelson from Michaels Energy presenting on unlocking commercial behavior change with energy information systems.  Plus, we'll get a brief legislative outlook from Bill Black at MMUA.

MMUA is located at 3025 Harbor Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55447. We will meet on the 4th floor.

Here's the link to RSVP for the event.  Lunch is $20 or $40 for all 4 of our meetings in a calendar year.  New to our group? Sign up for 2018 and get 5 meals for $40 (includes December 2017's meeting).

 MN Solar Pathways PDF

Commercial Behavior Change PDF

June 29, 2017
Rochester Public Utilities

The next AESP Midwest Chapter meeting will be held in Rochester on Thursday, June 29th from 10:30 am - 2 pm.  Speakers include Kevin Bright to talk about the energy efficiency elements of Rochester's Destination Medical Center Project, and Seventhwave to talk about some of their recent research.  Rochester Public Utilities will be our host for the day. Stay tuned for the newsletter and more details. Please RSVP.

March 15, 2017
Science Museum of Minnesota

The next AESP Midwest Chapter meeting will be held in Saint Paul on March 15th at the Minnesota Science Museum.  Plan on our regular 11am - 2pm schedule, plus as a perk of meeting at the museum, we can all explore the exhibits after the meeting for free.  We're excited to learn about the Science Museum's awesome achievements in energy efficiency and hear from Anthony Fryer from the Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Stay tuned for the newsletter and more details. RSVP right away and send a note to our chapter secretary, Paul Twite.

December 7, 2016, Minnesota
Winter Meeting
Mark your calendars for the next Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) meeting on Wednesday, December 7th in Minnetonka, MN. Registration and networking begin at 10:30am with the main event beginning promptly at 11:00am. We have a full docket of presenters filled with timely energy topics to help inform and support your efforts in the industry. The attached newsletter elaborates on the winter agenda and is packed to the brim with timely energy stories from around the area. This month’s hot topics include: City of Minneapolis Benchmark Ordinance and energy performance - Center for Energy and Environment; DER policy & legislative update - DER; LED street lighting innovation – Eaton Streetworks.

Past Newsletters

- Winter 2016

- Fall 2016 
Summer 2016 
Spring 2016 
Winter 2015 
Summer 2015
Spring 2015
Winter 2014
Fall 2014
Summer 2014
Spring 2014 
Winter 2013


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